Recyclable Items - City of Galena

Recyclable Items

Recycling is easy.  Once you start, it becomes an automatic (and good) habit.  Please view the printable Recycling Guide to learn how to recycle and what items are recyclable.  A fact sheet is also included about refuse collection and yard waste.

Recycling Guide

Please note that as of February 1, 2017, glass is no longer a recyclable item for curbside collection. A glass recycling bin is available for public use on the Irvine Street side of Piggly Wiggly. Please be sure to deposit all glass inside the bin and do not leave any glass, boxes or bags outside the bin.


Other Recycling Options

Electronics: Electronics are banned from landfills in Illinois and may not be included in the refuse or recycling containers you set out for collection. The City of Galena offers free recycling of most electronics at City Hall, 101 Green Street, the last Friday of each month from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. View the list of recyclable electronics through the link below. Televisions and computer monitors are accepted at the City Hall drop-off for a fee of $25 per unit.  
Batteries:  The City of Galena offers free battery recycling. Most batteries are accepted except vehicle batteries. Containers are stationed at City Hall, 101 Green Street, and the Police Department, 312 North Main Street, for you to drop off your batteries.
Medications:  The City of Galena offers free "recycling" of unused prescription and over the counter medications. Liquid medications are not accepted.  A container is provided at the Police Department, 312 North Main Street, for you to drop off your medications.  All medications received are incinerated under the supervision of law enforcement personnel.  Help us keep medications out of our waste water treatment process and out of our rivers and streams.  
CFL Bulbs:  The City of Galena offers free recycling of compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL).  Bulbs may be dropped off at the reception desk at City Hall, 101 Green Street.
Christmas Trees:  The City of Galena offers a free Christmas Tree Recycling program during December and January.  Live trees are collected from temporary bins erected in various locations throughout the community. The trees are recycled into mulch. Trees must be free of all ornaments, tinsel and lights.  Any stands, plastic or bagging material must also be removed.  Trees will not be collected as part of regular weekly curbside pickup.  


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